ERJ staff report (LMH)
Voronezh, Russia – Pirelli SpA and Russian Technologies are to start up a second production line in March at their joint venture tire plant in Voronezh, Russia.
The new production line has been upgraded to Pirelli’s “advanced technological standards” and will enable the production of the compounds needed to produce its premium high-performance tires, especially for the winter segment, Pirelli said in a statement.
The 30 Jan launch ceremony was attended by Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Dmitry Manturov and the Regional Governor of Voronezh Alexander Gordeev, as well as Russian Technologies General Director S.V. Chemesov and Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera.
Russian petrochemicals company Sibur completed the transfer of the plant to Pirelli and Russian Technologies in March 2012. The plant’s modernisation included the installation of new equipment and a total investment of Euro 100 million will be made by 2015.
“Voronezh is a splendid example of a symbiotic collaboration between the Russian authorities, industry, and the experience and technology of an international company. We intend not only to produce world-class premium tires that meet the needs of the Russian consumers, but also to create a large and efficient logistics centre,” Tronchetti Provera commented.
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Press release from Pirelli